Last fall, you helped Mural Arts kick off the Philly DJ Mural Project, a program that put a creative spin on music education for youth. Now join us for our big return to Midtown Village and celebrate Shepard Fairey’s new mural, honoring Philly’s rich DJ history, all while dancing for hours to jams from your all-time faves.
Featuring the talents of: Rich Medina, Cosmo Baker, Illvibe Collective, Scratch Academy + more.
This is an Open Source event! For more information on our citywide public art exhibition and 40+ events in October, visit opensource.muralarts.org.
As the block party closes down, make sure you stroll down the block to Franky Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) as Heineken presents OBEY THE DJ. Ugly Bass brothers Mr. Sonny James & DJ Royale will guide a musical journey bumping everything from Soulful Rhythms to Classic Party Bangers. No need for requests (or to pay cover before 11pm) just OBEY THE DJ and get your groove on!
A special treat for all of you out there who aren’t ready to give up filling up on ‘goodness’ after Thanksgiving. Plus who doesn’t need something nice to pick you up on a Monday?! Below we’ve got fresh new mixes from the recent WKDU Philadelphia Electronic Music Marathon ft. King Britt & a bunch of other great DJ sets.
The 11th Annual WKDU Electronic Music Marathon (EMM) brought together over 30 Philly DJs to raise money for WKDU and two arts education nonprofits: Musicopia & The Village of Arts and Humanities.
DJs that spun the marathon included: King Britt (Ovum / Hyperdub), Dave P (Making Time), Rob Paine & Willyum (Goodie / Worship Recordings), Matthew Law & Mr. Sonny James (Illvibe Collective), DJ Sega (Mad Decent), DJ Apt One (Soul Clap Records), Noah Breakfast (former WKDU DJ / Rare MP3s), Matpat (Exploited Records / Plant Music), Les Professionnels (Nurvous Records) and DJ SYLO & Jansen (STUNTLOCO / Pizza Party), amongst others.
The EMM had listeners from France to San Francisco and raised over $2,000 to be split equally amongst WKDU, Musicopia and The Village. WKDU is continuing its fundraising efforts for the station and their nonprofit partners by selling limited edition EMM t shirts and other KDU gear at wkdu.org/store (donations are also accepted at wkdu.org/donate). WKDU intends to use their portion of the proceeds to buy DJ equipment for hosting even more events in the future.
In addition to DJs donating their time and money to be part of the marathon, many local businesses donated to WKDU to make the EMM happen, including Federal Donuts, Red Bull Philly, Mama’s Vegetarian, R5 Productions, Brewerytown Beats, Creep Records, Philadelphia Record Exchange and many more. “Rival” station WXPN even offered support.
The full DJ lineup and sponsor list can be found at wkdu.org/emm
A definite highlight from the marathon were the two sets from King Britt (a blistering 40 minute afro-future / techno mix & a 90 minute ‘connecting the dots’ mix tracing the history of electronic music from to boogie to hip hop to footwork).
Over the past month, WKDU has gradually been releasing all the DJ sets on their Soundcloud. Friday Dec 5th, WKDU posted the remaining sets from the marathon, including King’s, to wrap up an amazing weekend of 75 hours of continuous electronic music.
WKDU is Drexel University’s free-format, non-commercial, student-run radio station located in the basement of the Creese Student Center at 3210 Chestnut St.
WKDU broadcasts at 91.7 FM Philadelphia and wkdu.org worldwide and is known for its eclectic mix of quality programming that cannot be heard elsewhere on the radio dial.
Some DJs have had their shows for over 10 years and have cultivated dedicated listeners worldwide.
At the time of the marathon, King Britt was an artist in residence at The Village of Arts & Humanities, a nonprofit organization focused on community empowerment in North Philadelphia. King’s project with The Village called ‘Playback Musick’ took some naturally talented musicians and provided them with guidance and oversight in producing a radio show and an album titled “Strong and Independent” that is out now. King brought some of The Village / Playback Musick team with him to the studio to talk about their work and to MC his set.
Watch the Video on King’s project SPACES Episode 1: Designing Together from The Village:
The other nonprofit organization which proceeds will be going to is Musicopia.
Musicopia provides support to Philly area school music programs by giving teachers whatever resources they need to support music education in their resource deprived budgets. One of the groups that Musicopia brought in to perform was the Andrew Jackson Rock Band: HOME.
Teacher Chris Argerakis and his student band ended up spending so much time together in their band room, that they decided to call their band HOME.
For more information contact WKDU Electronic Music Director Chris Burrell.
As part of the 4th Annual Philly Tech Week at Sigma Sound Studios, the dynamic night featured interviews and presentations surrounding the theme of “The Future of Music & Technology” with the soundtrack provided by DJ Phsh from Illvibe Collective and DJ MICK who spun sets before in-between, and after the presentations.
Highlights included an insightful interview and audience Q&A with Kyle “KP” Reilly (Dat-Piff) by Philly Radio Station WXPN host and personality Bruce Warren, a presentation from MyChannel – the Philadelphia based content-sharing website on which users can create and share their customized channels and independently promote their brand, and an in-depth discussion hosted by media personality Quincy “Q-Deezy” Harris with Grouchy Greg from AllHipHop.com – a top internet destination for all things related to Hip-Hop culture.
Be sure to check your inbox because Heineken Green Room has a full slate of entertainment coming up this Spring and Summer.
Who cares if you’ve got work tomorrow? You should definitely be heading to Silk City this evening.
Tonight, Illvibe Collective and Heineken are bringing you REMIX BOUND with DJs Sonny James, lil’dave, Phillee Blunt, Skipmode, Panek and DJ PHSH. Make sure you get there early for the exclusive listening party for Illvibe Collective: All Together Now – The Remixes, from 9 pm – 10 pm. As always, Heineken will be quenching your thirst with free Heineken’s from 9 pm – 11 pm.
Don’t forget to show some major love to tonight’s host, MC Elixir, while you’re going crazy on the dance floor to live remixes, blends and mash-ups.
Sound good? See you at 9 pm.
435 Spring Garden St.
9 pm – 2 am
$5 (free before 11 pm for Heineken Green Room members)